Slot Player Hits Roadblocks Instead of 2.5 Million Jackpot
Las Vegan Art Miles says he was waiting for his wife to finish playing slots at the Castaways resort when he pumped $15 of his own into a Quartermania progressive slot machine in December 2001.
About five pulls later on a maximum two-quarter bet, Miles’ heart jumped into his throat. It appeared to him as if he hit the big one, a jackpot of $2.5 million.
The pay line on the machine cut through the bottom portion of the Quartermania symbols.
“I thanked God,” Miles said. “I felt God. I say my prayers every night, and he’s promised me a good life if I do right, and I do right, so I thanked God.”
But the Gaming Control Board, the Castaways casino and the owner of the slot machine, International Game Technology, intervened.
The symbols weren’t centered on the pay line, they argued.
“I said, ‘Wait a minute. That’s on the line,’ ” Miles said.
Paul Larsen, an attorney for IGT and Castaways, disagrees. “The first person on the scene told him, ‘Mr. Miles, that is not a winner,’ ” Larsen said. “The Gaming Control Board agent looked at it and said it is not a winner. Nobody but Mr. Miles and his hired expert decided it was a winner.”
Miles has waged a two-year legal battle to collect the payout and so far is losing. Photos taken by security cameras and gaming officials show the symbols did touch the pay line, although they aren’t centered
Cruise Operator Looking for Buyer
A bankrupt gambling cruise operation owned by SunCruz Casinos is ready to be sold.
Ventures LLC operates SunCruz VII in Little River and has filed for bankruptcy. SunCruz filed for bankruptcy separately in 2001.
“We’re at the point where we’re ready to transfer the assets to a new buyer,” Michael Hlavsa, chief executive of SunCruz Casinos, said.
If the company sells the business and assets together, the boat would be able to continue operating, despite Horry County’s moratorium on new casino boats, County Councilman Harold Worley said.
If they are sold separately, the SunCruz VII will not be allowed on Horry County shores until the ban expires in February. Worley said the council will consider extending the ban.